Freight trains collide near Amarillo, catches fire

Two BNSF trains collided near Amarillo sending black smoke billowing into the air. (KAMR)
Two BNSF trains collided near Amarillo sending black smoke billowing into the air. (KAMR)

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) – Several box cars have derailed and are engulfed in flames following a freight train collision in the Texas Panhandle.

Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Bryan Witt says the accident occurred Tuesday morning near the town of Panhandle, about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo.

Witt says he’s waiting for more details on the accident from troopers arriving on scene.

Images provided by KFDA-TV in Amarillo show thick, black smoke billowing from a jumble of some two-dozen box cars strewn along the tracks.

BNSF Railway spokesman Joe Faust says two BNSF freight trains were involved in the collision about 8:40 a.m. He had no further information.

No injuries have been reported.

Billy Brown, a farmer who lives in the area, says he saw a fireball erupt after the collision occurred.

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